• Maya Linnell

Dani Vee on podcasting, motherhood and road trips

If you're looking for a beautiful children's book brimming with strong and uplifting messages, you can't go past My EXTRAordinary Mum by Dani Vee. Full of bright illustrations that will delight children and parents alike, this picture book celebrates mothers in all their unique forms and strives to change the narrative about motherhood.

We are also super thrilled to have an EXTRAordinary giveaway for newsletter subscribers this month, thanks to Dani Vee. Read on for more info!


Five fast minutes with Dani Vee

Do you have a good luck charm or a special token that sits on your desk/in your office?

Not really a good luck charm but I love being surrounded by all my podcast tech! I also like looking at the artwork my kids made me, which is regularly updated on my pinboard.


Favourite exercise to counteract all the hours sitting at the keyboard?

Anything that doesn’t feel like exercise but feels like fun! A walk with the kids, rollerblading or rock climbing.


What’s your go-to weekday dinner dish? Bacon and mushroom pasta, the kids always go for seconds! Always a salmon somewhere in there too and some air fried fries!


Which career would you choose if money wasn’t a factor and writing wasn’t an option? A food critic! Imagine going to all those fancy restaurants for work.


Chocolate, potato chips or cheese? How do you choose between chocolate and cheese? No really how??? Faced with the impossible choice, I’d have to choose chocolate – just!


Have you done anything special with any of your advances? Where all my money goes, on dresses LOL!


Spot where you seem to get the best bursts of inspiration? Usually when I’m cleaning the house or going for a walk. I need my head away from my desk or my laptop for my brain to solve creative problems.


Agent or no agent? Not at the moment because I’m dealing directly with my publisher, but never say never!


Do you have a writing ‘uniform’ (mine’s big earrings, cardigan and jeans)? Leggings, Ugg boots and a top that looks good on a Zoom meeting! Always earrings too, I love earrings.


Aussie novel you’re most looking forward to in 2022? The Brink by legend Holden Sheppard


Best one-line sentence from one of your book reviews? ‘My EXTRAordinary Mum is a love song to a life of road trips and yoga, drum circles and tattoos, wind in hair and F’s given! It celebrates the bravery of single parenting and the importance of continuing to do the things you loved before having children.’ Lara Cain Gray (Charming Language)


Share a quirky habit or something readers might be surprised to discover about you. Hmmm, I like reading multiple books at once, I don’t need much sleep and I’m always cold.


Where can people find you online? DaniVeeBooks (Insta/ Twitter/ FB) You can also check out the website, but I’m terrible at updating it! daniveebooks.com. Of course, anywhere you listen to your podcasts you can find Words and Nerds Podcast!


Thanks for being part of the blog! X Maya Thank YOU, Maya for supporting writers in all forms!

Meet the author

Dani Vee is host of the popular literary podcast Words and Nerds. With over 50,000 plays a month, it has become an important part of the literary landscape. My EXTRAordinary Mum is Dani’s debut picture book, with another eight books signed with Larrikin House. Dani moonlights as publicist and acquisitions for Larrikin House. She is a big fan of dark chocolate, camomile tea and Oscar Wilde.



My EXTRAordinary Mum

My EXTRAordinary Mum is a fun-filled adventure and celebration of an extraordinary mum and her daughter who find magic in unexpected places. A mother reclaims her identity and takes her child along with her on the adventure!


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One lucky winner will have the choice of a guest spot on the Words & Nerds podcast (if you're an author) or a copy of My EXTRAordinary Mum (if you're a reader). Simply enter the contest HERE by 5pm Sunday August 14. Aussie addresses and newsletter subscribers only, please.